Obituaries

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Yvonne S. Bennett, associate professor of library and information services at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, died recently. She was a founder and former president of the New York Black Librarians Caucus, and an active member of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. * Hardy R. Franklin, 75, who retired as District of Columbia Public Library director in 1997 after nearly 23 years of service, died of Alzheimer's disease complicated by diabetes August 22. Among his accomplishments were programs that reflected his conviction that service to children be central to the library's mission, such as Reach Out And Read, which brings storytellers and reading readiness activities to child-care providers, and Dial-A-Story, which offers weekly three-minute stories by phone. Franklin, who served as 1993-94 ALA president, received the Public Library Association's 1983 Allie Beth Martin Award, which honors a librarian who demonstrates extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and who has distinguished ability to share that knowledge. * Janet B. Foster, 56, librarian at Danbury (Conn.) Public Library, died of a heart attack August 8. In 1994, she won the Connecticut Library Association's annual scholarship award. She also was instrumental in bringing the community into the Internet age, building the library's first web page in 1996, and working on Danbury's community computer network to help organizations such as the hospital and city hall to get online in the late '90s. * Millicent Lenz Gilson, 68, professor of children's literature at State University of New York School of Information Science and Policy in Albany from 1984-2003, died June 10. She was author of the highly regarded book Nuclear Literature for Youth and Children (ALA, 1990) and a member of the National Children's Literature Association and the Modern Language Association. * Peter S. Graham, 65, university librarian at Syracuse (N.Y.) University, died August 11 of lymphoma. …